Michael J. Roberts is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit and also serves as the Executive Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Mike teaches the second-year elective course, "Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Opportunity." He has taught several other elective and required courses in the field of entrepreneurship, and served as the Executive Director of the school's case development efforts.
Mike has worked in a variety of private sector industries. Prior to and during business school, he worked for McKinsey & Co. and Morgan Stanley, respectively. From 1989 to 1991, he served as Director of International Business Development for Cellular Communications, Inc., where he led a successful effort to acquire the second cellular license in Italy. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of a start-up chain of quick-service Italian restaurants, and as Vice President of Business Development for a company in the health care services field.
Tom Byers is a professor at Stanford University where he focuses on technology and high-growth entrepreneurship education. He is founder and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program, Entrepreneurship Corner website of videos and podcasts, and a set of global Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education conferences for educators.
Steve Nichols serves as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas-Austin. He also serves as the director of the Chair of Free Enterprise and the director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Nichols focuses on creating and nurturing a culture of technology innovation, creativity, and leadership at the University of Texas and the global community that the university serves. He organized the Roden Scholar (leadership) program, supported the start-up of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Society, and founded the Idea to Product®(I2P®) technology competition. He is a fellow of ASME and has received the Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneur award, the Olympus Innovation Award, the Fred Merryfield Design Award, and the Joe J. King Engineering Professional Achievement Award. Nichols received his Ph.D. in engineering in 1975 and his J.D. in 1983, both from the University of Texas-Austin.
The team behind the Twig Light, a project from Arizona State University, has formed Daylight Solutions, LLC, to move the technology towards market. Michael Pugliese, a mechanical engineering technology graduate student, designed the sustainable lighting technology last spring in response to Ghanaian villagers’ requests for lights. The Twig Light is a wood-powered flashlight that also might have application as a mobile phone charger (photo by Brian McCollow).